Wild About Hong Kong

Hiking, birding, wildlife, conservation, environmental issues and more….

places and trails

In Search of Cheung Chau’s Quieter Nooks n Crannies

In Search of Cheung Chau’s Quieter Nooks n Crannies

Step off the ferry to Cheung Chau, and you might think, Woah – this place looks as crowded as Mong Kok! But if you’ve come in hopes of finding some peace and…

North Hong Kong Island by Tram and Shanks’ Pony

North Hong Kong Island by Tram and Shanks’ Pony

Looking for a definition of “cabin fever”, I find Merriam-Webster gives, “Extreme irritability and restlessness from living in isolation or a confined indoor area for a prolonged time.” And in…

Tung Lung Chau – rock climbing, hiking and birdwatching

Tung Lung Chau – rock climbing, hiking and birdwatching

Around 155 million years ago, when late Jurassic dinosaurs like sauropods and theropods roamed parts of China, a period of intense volcanic activity began in the area that became Hong…

Lion Rock w Hong Kong Spirit in the Clouds

Lion Rock w Hong Kong Spirit in the Clouds

Lion Rock is the most iconic peak in Hong Kong. Though at 495 metres high, Lion Rock is far from Hong Kong’s tallest hill, it is the most iconic peak…

activities

Hong Kong Wonder Falls

Hong Kong Wonder Falls

With abundant streams tumbling down Hong Kong hills, there’s a fine variety of waterfalls. The sadly defunct Waterfalls of Hong Kong website listed over 50 waterfall sites across the territory.…

Picnic places in Hong Kong

Picnic places in Hong Kong

A selection of top places for a DIY al fresco experience, together with tips for packing the perfect picnic. With the summer heat ebbing away, autumn is a great time…

Junk trips to Hong Kong islands

Junk trips to Hong Kong islands

Especially in summer, many Hong Kong residents enjoy taking junk rides through inshore waters. Mostly, the junks aren’t the traditional type with sails – there are only one or two…

Taking wild Hong Kong photos

Taking wild Hong Kong photos

Hong Kong’s outdoors offers a wealth of subjects to shoot – from hills and islands, to waterfalls and wildlife. Hong Kong Photography Tips Hong Kong’s outdoors offers a wealth of…

Wildlife

Birdwatching in Hong Kong is a great pastime

Birdwatching in Hong Kong is a great pastime

You don’t need much equipment to start birdwatching. A pair of binoculars and a field guide will get you started on finding the wealth of species in Hong Kong. Do you watch wildlife, such as birds, butterflies, dragonflies, mammals, fish…

Hong Kong’s Mysterious Migratory Butterflies

On 31 December last year, researchers trapping butterflies at Deep Water Bay on Hong Kong Island found a Chestnut Tiger with writing on its wings. Someone had used a fine marker pen to add numbers, letters and characters including a code:…

Deadliest Hong Kong Animals

Deadliest Hong Kong Animals

A quick look at animals with venom, killer teeth and blades. Giant Centipede Growing to perhaps 8 inches long, running fast, and almost alien in appearance, Giant Centipede is perhaps the ultimate in creepy-crawlies. Its front legs have involved into…

Watching Black Kites in Hong Kong

Watching Black Kites in Hong Kong

Black Kites are among the territory’s most familiar birds. It’s late on a grey, February afternoon, and six birdwatchers gather by a road junction high on Hong Kong Island. Oblivious to cars passing behind, headed for luxury residences around the…

Dangerous Snakes in Hong Kong

By Robert Ferguson This first listing is limited to a review of the DANGEROUS SNAKES in Hong Kong. It is now February 24th 2009….the sun is shining, and the weather is getting warmer. Snakes and reptiles are reappearing from their…

Lantau cattle buffalo

Might seem odd "wildlife", yet Lantau’s cattle and water buffalo now roam free, and part of the ecosystem. During recent cold spell, the buffalo importance perhaps highlighted by Pui O becoming a refuge for thrushes, Red-breasted Flycatchers, Daurian Redstarts, Red-flanked…